Friday Try-day

Vegetable Ramen Recipe

By Ashley Beck | April 29, 2013

vegetables, ramen, vegetarian, meatless monday
vegetables, ramen, vegetarian, meatless monday

This soothing vegetarian ramen is a great way to eat your vegetables. (Photo: Renée s. Suen)

This ramen is packed with a rainbow of vegetables providing you with a great amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients. The perfect remedy if you’re battling a cold, a hangover, fatigue, or just want a smorgasbord of vegetables in a delectable broth. Often times we forget that fresh wholesome ingredients are what our body needs to repair itself. Okay, so the last thing you want when your hungover is vegetables, but combined with this umami-filled broth, you may just change your mind. So skip the pills, tonics, energy drinks and hair of the dog. And in 30 short minutes, see if this ramen isn’t the key ingredient to bring you back to life.

Another reason I love this recipe is because it combines so many different textures. I add some vegetables at the beginning to give the ramen a deeper flavor, and some at the end to remind you of the freshness of the veggies. The lovely resiliency of the mushrooms, the pop of the corn and the crunch of the cabbage. I also like to add the zucchini a bit after the celery, onion, carrot and garlic so that it doesn’t get mushy and retains its beautiful green color. And in this particular ramen, the broth can be made with either vegetable or chicken stock, depending on your preferences. It’s the white wine and soy sauce that will give this ramen its umami comfort.

The recipe calls for vegetables I find most delicious in this dish. However, this recipe can also be a great opportunity to get creative, so feel free to ad-lib on the veggies. Throw in whatever suits your mood, or what you already have on hand. The important thing is to add some vegetables in the beginning as part of the mirepoix, or broth starter, and some near the end so you still get those delightfully different textures.

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Ramps with Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

By Ashley Beck | April 23, 2013

ramps, whole wheat pasta, wild leeks, garlic, onion

Photo: Ashley Beck

With Spring comes unpredictable weather–just as you begin to think we’re out of the frost, an Arctic wind blows through. I have a spectacular pasta recipe that will make it feel like this time of year should: garden parties, fresh flowers and the perfect combination of sun and cool breeze. Adapted from one of my favorite pasta recipes that typically calls for garlic and arugula to give flavor, I instead feature my favorite spring vegetable, ramps. These Alliums (Allium Tricoccum) magically contain the flavors of both their cousins, garlic and onion, in a fresh and delicate way. Even while chopping them the scent perfumes the air in such a way that you might not be able to wait the quick 20 minutes it takes to make this fresh spring dish. Read More

Shish Kebab Marinade Recipe

By Ashley Beck | April 12, 2013

Photo: barron

 

Khorovats or Armenian shish kebabs are something I hold very dear to my heart. They remind me of many family memories over Sunday barbecues. Picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding: loud conversation, endless plates of aromatic foods, plenty of wine, music, and everyone in everyone else’s business, not afraid to give their opposing opinions. Pure bliss. Unfortunately, I’ve lived 3,000 miles away from this ritual for six years now, but the smell of lamb, onions, peppers, and fresh mint sizzling away on the grill has the ability to bring it all back. There is something about that scent and those flavors that make me feel at home again; surrounded by good people and good vibes. Read More

Friday Try-day: Popovers

By Ashley Beck | February 22, 2013

photo by: stevewhitaker

photo by: stevewhitaker

A forecast of a cold and icy mix this evening has diverted me from going anywhere, and seeing how its been this way for quite awhile now especially compared to last years “would we even call it” winter, the cabin fever has started to kick in. Therefore, I’ve decided to put my excess energy to use. And with thyme and lemon in my fridge, I’ve been inspired to make popovers, lemon and thyme popovers. I thought if anything, the oven should keep the apartment warm and toasty, and the spare thyme and time I have can go toward this delicious cocktail I call The Thyme-ly Dalmatian.

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